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Riverside Beer and Folk Festival raising funds for Devons Air Ambulances

Posted by on April 9th 2014 in Events, Fundraising

Organisers of a highly successful North Devon Beer and Music Festival staged in support of Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) have announced the dates of its second annual event.

The three day Riverside Beer and Folk Festival will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October at Riverside Caravan and Camping Park, South Molton, which will host 21 bands and folk acts including The McDowell Band and Roholio amid the real ales, ciders and other entertainment on offer.

On behalf of the team organising at Riverside Park, Nicky Penfold, said: “We were really delighted with last year’s event which was well...

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Posted by on April 8th 2014 in Volunteering

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Sorters and steamers urgently needed in Exmouth

Posted by on April 8th 2014 in Retail

Our Exmouth shop urgently needs extra volunteers.

If you have a passion for fashion, a flair for displaying freshly-steamed clothes, or if you just enjoying meeting people this could be your opportunity to join their friendly team. 

Manager Sue Redfern told us “Since we became a discount store last year - with many items reduced to a £1 - stock has been flying off the hangers!  Because we are so busy we are now desperate for more hands to help.”

The Trust’s Retail Operations Manager, Chrissie Peel, told us, “The Exmouth shop has been a particular success story, which means it’s now particularly...

Devon charity marathon runners take to the streets of London

Posted by on April 8th 2014 in Fundraising

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is going to be very well represented at The Virgin London Marathon  on 13th April with 11 runners currently  preparing for the 26.2 mile event.   Some of them gathered at the Charity’s Head Office this week to share training tips and meet the team!  

One of the runners, Paul Robinson, is a paramedic/crew member.  He said, “I am running for the Trust because I see all too often at first-hand how the air ambulance really helps people and the difference it brings to the patient’s outcome in real terms. I am extremely proud to be a...

Ebay volunteers needed

Posted by on April 8th 2014 in Fundraising, Retail

As part of ambitions plans to enhance retail derived income, Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is looking for new volunteers to help with its growing eBay operation.

The Charity aims to open two new shops a year for the next five years and increase the contribution retailing and merchandising makes to its helicopters’ operational costs to 20% by 2017.

DAAT Retail Director, Martin Bell said: “We have invested in our retail operation in terms of shop acquisition and fit out, an electronic point-of-sale system as well as training for staff and volunteers.  We have now identified eBay as a significant source of...

Air Ambulance Lottery membership soars to 29000

Posted by on April 7th 2014 in Fundraising

The in house Lottery run by Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) to support its fundraising objectives has welcomed its 29,000th member.

Now in its 13th year, the DAAT Lottery contributed over £850,000 in 2013, helping the Charity towards the £4.5m needed to keep its two emergency helicopters operational.

DAAT Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said: “The popularity of our lottery is soaring.  This time last year we had just over 23,000 members and today we have over 29,000,  That’s a fantastic achievement and we are very grateful to everyone who has joined and supports us in this very simple but positive way.  It’s...

Owlacombe Farm in Bloom

Posted by on April 3rd 2014 in Events, Fundraising

A riot of colour awaits visitors to Owlacombe Farm near Winkleigh in May as Rob and  Ros Pickard open their beautiful garden to the public in support of Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

The magnificent and much loved three acre garden features rhododendrons, azaleas, ponds and even a bluebell wood.  Visitors can enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea after a stroll round the grounds too.

Ros Pickard said: “We need the Air Ambulance in Devon. A member of our family was taken to hospital by the Air Ambulance after a micro-light accident a few years ago and we are very grateful.  Opening our...

Whitchurch Cubs organise Village Charity Fair

Posted by on April 3rd 2014 in Events, Fundraising

‘Do Your Best’ is the motto of the Cub Scouts movement and rarely has it been put to such a good test than when a Devon Cub Scouts pack took on the organisation of a village charity fair.

Thirteen girls and boys aged from 8-10½ from the 1st Whitchurch Cub Scouts have organised the entire event as part of their Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) Cub Scouts badge including putting together a bric-a-brac table, cake stall, silent auction and a variety of other stands in the local village hall at Whitchurch near Tavistock.

Their superb effort has been supported by a number...

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